Topic in Focus
Russia has arguably expanded its influence in Africa in recent years more than any other external actor with far reaching implications for governance norms and security on the continent.
Oversight, accountability, and governance of the security sector are essential ingredients to a capable and effective force, mitigating infractions and contributing to a learning environment that improves future practices.
Since its arrival in the Central African Republic in 2018, the Wagner Group has supported the Touadera government’s violent campaign against anti-government armed groups, with civilians suffering the most from this brutal campaign. In recompense, the Touadera government has granted Wagner associated companies lucrative mining licenses, while expelling communities to set up industrial scale production.
Africa’s special relationship with India provides a foundation for a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership built on African agency and capacity building.